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Preview — Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for
Peter makes sure that Margaux understands that society disapproves of their love because of its hypocrisy. The two then agree to keep their special a secret and develope some private codes and signals by which they can communicate as lovers without ...more
This is a revised Lolita story, told from the point of the view of the victim: it explains how an 8 year girl with a trouble ...more
A quick scan down the back cover revealed it's true content:
"I still think about Peter, the man I loved most in the world, all the time ... We were friends, soul mates and lovers. I was seven. He was fifty-one. They were the happiest days of my life."
It's fair to say that I was daunted by the sub ...more
A great author, who confesses upfront that he wants to have sex with little girls, writes the ultimate pedophile fantasy and calls it Lolita. ...more
This is a memoir (the first memoir I have ever finished) which details a woman's memories of growing up in the thrall of a pedophile. A friend's husband recommended this to me, as it was required reading on his ...more
Typically, these types of personal stories are intended to give an audience a sense of the maturity, empathy, personal growth, life struggle, and eventual peace that are eventually reached by a sexual abuse survivor. The intense struggle typically gives the reader a greater appreciation of their own life, struggles, and mental/emotional process.
This was the first time I've actively been annoyed by any narrative concerning child abuse. I would highl ...more
Margaux is seven when she meets Peter at a swimming pool - she sees him playing a game ...more
I was kind of disappointed that the book remained inconclusive. She narrates their shared history as a story of abuse and pseudo-consensual intimacy, however her need to return to her abuser - and doing so willingly - is clear all the way through. It ...more
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There is no horror story that can come close to reeking of hell that permeates every everything here. The disintegration of a child and a child woman who morphs in and out of other-imposed and self-imposed desecration, denigration, demonization, and dominatrix-ation of herself and at times others. The words alternately scream at me and ...more
Emotionally and physically abused by her overworked alcoholic father and neglected by her ...more
The author has an incredible eye for ...more
The summer she was seven, Margaux Fragoso met 51-year-old Peter Curran at the local swimming pool. Margaux is ...more
Books about topics like sexual abuse are never easy to write, and in the case of "Tiger, Tiger," I applaud Fragoso for writing about her experiences in an honest yet tactful way. She shares exactly what happens and how it makes her feel, but she never glorifies pedophilia, even in spite of her own confusion.
As for the book itself, although I read it in a couple days, I still struggled with it majorly. The plot and the storytelling moved along just ...more